Chips and Salsa XX - When Iconic Meets Anechoic: Detailed Results and Analysis by Frequency Band & Smartphone

07 Jan, 2016, 03:00 ET from Research and Markets

DUBLIN, January 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/x7sprk/signals_ahead) has announced the addition of the "Signals Ahead - Chips and Salsa XX - When Iconic Meets Anechoic, Part II" report to their offering. 

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In our 20th Chips and Salsa, we collaborated closely with Spirent Communications, PCTEST, and EMT Labs, to conduct arguably the industry's most extensive independent OTA MIMO performance testing of leading smartphones - from the Apple iPhone to the ZTE Nubia. All testing took place within an ETS-Lindgren anechoic chamber. In total, we tested 15 different smartphones (3 bands per phone) that we procured from around the world, including LTE chipsets from 4 different baseband suppliers. 

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE STUDY INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING: 

- Two of the top performing smartphones, the Nokia Lumia 930 and the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 are value-priced smartphones, indicating a disparity between price and performance. 
- In general, there was a large variance in the results with the top performing smartphone in a particular band outperforming most of its peers by 50% or more with moderate SNR values. 
- Emphasis needs to be placed on validating the RF antenna design - although the selection of the chipset supplier is important, it is only the starting point when it comes to achieving excellent RF performance. 
- To varying degrees, all smartphones performed poorly in at least one frequency band - two smartphones performed poorly in all three frequency bands that we tested. 

Key Topics Covered: 

1 Executive Summary 

2 Key Conclusions and Observations 

3 Detailed Results and Analysis by Frequency Band 

3.1 Band 1 
3.2 Band 2 
3.3 Band 3 
3.4 Band 4 
3.5 Band 5 and Band 8 
3.6 Band 7 
3.7 Band 12 and Band 17 

4 Detailed Results and Analysis by Smartphone 
4.1 Alcatel Idol 3 
4.2 Huawei Ascend Mate 7 
4.3 Samsung Galaxy Alpha 
4.4 Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (Model A) 
4.5 Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (Model L) 
4.6 Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (Model U) 
4.7 Samsung Galaxy S5 
4.8 Samsung Galaxy S6 
4.9 HTC One M9 
4.10 Apple iPhone 6 Plus 
4.11 LG G3 
4.12 LG G4 
4.13 Nokia Lumia 930 
4.14 Motorola Nexus 6 
4.15 ZTE Nubia Z5S 
4.16 Note 4 Sensitivity Study 

5 Test Methodology 

6 Final Thoughts 

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